P.E.I.’s second COVID-19 case highlights importance of self-isolation: health official

Prince Edward Island’s chief medical officer of health says if the island’s second coronavirus patient didn’t take it upon himself to self-isolate, many others could’ve been sick by now.

At a press briefing Thursday, Dr. Heather Morrison said the patient is a man in his 40s from Queens County who recently returned from the United Kingdom.

Morrison says the man self-isolated immediately upon returning home because he knew he was supposed to.

“I spoke directly to him and I’m so pleased he’s doing well at home,” said Morrison. “It is a really good example of why we need to self-isolate and the importance of self-isolation.”

“If he had not self-isolated, he may have inadvertently infected others in the community.”

Morrison says the man flew home last week and called 811 a few days later after developing mild symptoms.

“He did not have symptoms on the plane,” she said. “He is doing absolutely everything we had wanted him to do.”

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